March Madness: Final Four

Alex Jewell, Staff Writer

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The National Championship is set to be Texas Tech vs Virginia in two thrilling games. Virginia escaped an upset from Auburn who was leading in the first half. Virginia opened up the 2nd half on an 8-0 run to tie the game and eventually took a 10 point lead with 3 minutes left in the 2nd half. Auburn, however, would not go away cutting the deficit and eventually taking a 3 point lead with less than 10 seconds to go. As Virginia raced across the court, Virginia guard, Kyle Guy put up a 3 with 1.5 seconds left and missed. Auburn thought it was over, however, Kyle Guy was fouled on the shot and he was given 3 free throws, Auburn had a 2 point lead. Kyle Guy came in clutch draining the 3 free throws and with only 0.6 seconds left Auburn had to heave it up and hope for a miracle, it did not happen and Virginia escaped with a victory and advanced to the championship.

Michigan State’s magic ran out on Saturday, as they battled Texas Tech in the lowest scoring semifinal game since 2000. Texas Tech went on a 13-0 and the Spartans could not get anything to fall, largely in part to Texas Tech ridiculously tough man to man defense. Michigan State did, however, cut the deficit to 1 but that was as close as they got as Texas Tech went on another run to seal the victory and sent the Spartans home.

Personally, this Final Four was great, both games were tight and the fans and the plays were amazing. I have to admit I was a little disappointed to see my National title pick, Michigan State was knocked out but I’m excited to see the championship. Texas Tech has an amazing defense and never in my life have I seen that much precision and execution in the defense and that’s why I have Texas Tech vs Virginia 56-53.